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The Story Of An Hour 1 Plot- Josephine tells Mrs Mallard that her husband has died Mrs Mallard stares out a window and realizes the freedom she has gained by becoming a widow Mrs Mallard and Josephine go down stairs and see Brently Mallard walk in the door Mrs Mallard screams and collapses of a heart attack 2 Significance of What Happens Usually when someone dies it takes a while for the facts set in In this case grief is instant and lasts only momentarily Then she realizes what she has gained from her husbands death She has gained some freedom in a way that she can work if she pleases and can claim head of the household The irony is that she dies of a heart attack when Brently walks through the door It could be that she is extremely happy to see him or that she was on a hype and was knocked down very suddenly 3 How does author convey story The author seems to show that Mrs Mallard is overwhelmed with joy that her husband has died She did not even stop to realize that her joy was brought on by the death of her husband 4 Complexities of the plot The plot tends to become hazy at the point when she is sitting at her window seal What is actually coming to her though is the realization that she is free to live without the overbearing hand of a husband The plot is also shaky when she dies It is hard to tell whether she had a heart attack from happiness or from the disappointment of her hopes 5 Characters Characteristics Mrs Mallard- Ill with heart trouble Loves her husband but wants freedom from her life of submission Josephine- Takes care of sister Worried and helpful Richards- Friend of Brently Mallard and family First to hear of rail accident Brently Mallard- traveled loving 6 Narrator Narrative stance How does this
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